A very good Blauburgunder from Sϋditrol-Alto Adige…
This Blauburgunder (another name for Pinot Noir) offered a fruity, fragrant nose with a tart, vibrant mouth. The tannins came across as somewhat sharp, yet not over-bearing, and the high degree of acidity added a welcomed touch of crispness.
We paired it with an Italian-style margherita pizza and it nicely complemented the meal. Like many Pinot Noirs, this offering would pair well with chicken, lamb, and pork, as well as pasta dishes, especially with mushroom-based sauces.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 87/100
The Bottle Details…
Name: Blauburgunder Riserva Zeno
Producer: Cantina Meran Burggräfler
Region/Country: Sϋdtirol-Alto Adige, Italy
Grape Varietal(s): Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir)
Alcohol content: 13.5%
Consumed: At home
Recommended By: Received it as a gift from a colleague in the know (thanks Martin!)
Bottle Presentation: An attractive, modern, classy white, black, and gold label.
The Tasting Details…
Appearance: A beautiful pale ruby.
Nose: A pleasant medium-to-pronounced nose, with raspberry, perfume, leather, and earth notes.
Taste: A dry, light-to-medium-bodied red, with medium, somewhat sharp tannins and high acidity. Some of the raspberry notes continued in the mouth, but we also detected sour cranberries, as well as perfume, white pepper, and wet earth notes.
Finish: A medium finish of sour cranberries and wet earth.